Joinery

Joinery is a specific type of carpentry that involves constructing wooden items such as bookcases, cabinets, doors, windows and stairs away from the work site. These wood items are then sent to the job site to be fixed by a carpenter.

By studying this course, students will gain skills in timber joinery and develop a broad understanding of the building and construction industry. You will learn to manufacture joinery components, use computer-controlled machinery, manufacture components for door and window frames, install windows and doors, construct and assemble stairs, and apply and trim decorative finishes. Over the five years to November 2019, the number of job openings for Joiners is expected to be high.

Graduates will be qualified trades person in the building and construction industry. Graduates will be skilled in many aspects of joinery including:

  • Design and set out stairs.
  • Refurbish timber sashes to window frames.
  • Set out and assemble cabinets, showcases, wall units, counters and workstations.
  • Install lining, panelling and moulding.
  • Manufacturing joinery components.
  • Read and interpret plans and specifications.
  • Use computer-controlled machinery.
  • Manufacture components for door and window frames and doors.

Common jobs for joinery include:

  • Making doors/ window frames
  • Creating fitted furniture
  • Building stairs

Common jobs for carpenters include:

  • Fitting floors
  • Fitting staircases
  • Fixing window frames
  • Installing cupboards and shelving

Common Course Requirements

  • Must have graduated year 10 in home country.
  • Must have a minimum of IELTS 5.5 overall.

Graduate Outcome

  • Full time joiners on average earn $1358 per week.
  • The average hours worked in Australia are 44 per week.
  • Employment for this occupation rose moderately in the past five years and is expected to grow further in the next five years.
  • Carpenters and Joiners have a high proportion of full-time jobs (93.2 per cent).
  • They can work independently or be part of a larger building company or cabinet maker.
Course Details

Price (per year)

$10 000 - $15 000

Duration

12-24 months

Location

Melbourne

Intake

January and July

Temporary Graduate Visa

If undertaking study in Australia for a minimum of 2 years you may qualify for the Graduate Visa. This visa allows the holder 1.5 years unlimited work rights in Australia. Many graduates use this time to build up experience in their field or find an employer that is willing to sponsor their visa.

If you have applied for the Temporary Graduate Visa you may also be eligible to apply for the  Job Ready Program. The Job Ready Program is run through TRA and allows graduates in certain disciplines to have their skills assessed for skilled migration purposes. It is a way for people to have their skills assessed without having the experience. Once the student receives a positive skills assessment they may be eligible to apply for permanent work visas such as State Sponsored and General Skilled Migration Visas.

Note: It is never recommended to engage in studies for the sole purpose of trying to gain a visa to Australia. Speak to us and we can find a course that matches your long-term career goals.

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Graduate Visa

The Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) allows recent university graduates and certain vocational graduates the chance to remain in Australia and work after their studies have finished.

Education Pathways

Joiner (331213) – Is currently on the Skilled Occupations List.

The skills assessment for Joiners is delivered through – Trade Recognition Australia (TRA).

The qualification required to obtain a positive skills assessment as an Joiner is the Certificate III in Joinery

If you undertake this course and participate in the Job Ready Program you may even be able to do this without being sponsored by an employer and you may not need to live in a regional area.

Note: It is never recommended to engage in studies for the sole purpose of trying to gain a visa to Australia. Speak to us and we can find a course that matches your long-term career goals.

Step 1: Study a course or package of courses

Study a course or package of courses that goes for at least 2 years and includes the Certificate III in Joinery

Step 2: Receive the Temporary Graduate Visa

By studying for 2 years and undertaking a 360 hours vocational placement during your studies (most education providers will arrange this for you), you may be eligible to apply for and receive the Temporary Graduate Visa. The graduate visa is a work visa that allows the visa holder to live and work in Australia for up to 18 months. For more information on the Graduate Visa, click here.

Step 3: Participate in the Job Ready Program

The main benefit of the JRP is that on completion you will be provided with a positive skills assessment for general migration purposes. On this program, you must work for at least 12 months as a qualified Joiner.

Your employer will not need to sponsor your visa, as you will already be on the graduate visa. This will mean that you have a much higher chance of finding employment as it is very easy for the employer to hire you. You may find this video on the Job Ready Program helpful.

Step 4: Apply for a General Skilled Migration Visas

Once you have completed the Job Ready Program as a Joiner you will receive a positive skills assessment. Once you have the positive skills assessment you may be able to apply for general skilled migration visas. If eligible, the general skilled migration visas (Skilled Independent Subclass 189, State Nominated Subclass 190 or Regional Nominated Subclass 491) do not require you to have an employer that is willing to sponsor your visa. Please note that you will still be required to pass the points test and health checks to apply for this visa.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What do you do as a joiner?

Joiners cut, shape and fit timber parts in workshops to form structures and fittings, ready for installation. A joiner also does the following in a normal day:

  • Assembles prepared wood and aluminium to form structures and fits ready to install.
  • Cuts wood joints.
  • Constructs concrete framework.
  • May repair existing fittings.
  • Works with plastic laminates, perspex and metals.
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Where can I study to be a joiner in Australia?

You can study to be a joiner in Melbourne, Victoria in Australia

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Can foreigners do a joinery apprenticeship in Australia?

International students can’t do a joinery apprenticeship in Australia. Instead, they can study a 24-month vocational course to become a qualified joiner. Click here to read more about apprenticeships and vocational courses for international students

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How much does a joiner get paid?

As per Job Outlook, a qualified joiner earns $1,358 a week, on average

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What qualifications do I need to be a joiner?

To be a qualified joiner in Australia you need to have successfully completed a Certificate III in Joinery

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How much is a joinery course?

Certificate III in Joinery courses costs approx. $15,000 per year. Prices may vary depending on education institute

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How long does it take to become a qualified joiner?

It takes 12-24 months to complete the Certificate III in Joinery. Duration may vary depending on education institute

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What is the study timetable like for a joinery course?

The Certificate III in Joinery is generally 15-20 hours per week, spread over 2-3 days. Timetables vary depending on education institute.

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Will these qualifications be recognised in my home country?

These qualifications are part of the Australian Qualification Framework. Most countries, specifically European or North American countries, accept qualifications issued by Australia. So yes, generally speaking, the qualifications will be accepted and allow you to work in your home country. Please note, we would always advise you check specifically with your home country.

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What do equipment do I need to work as a joiner?

Joiners use a range of tools, including the following:

  • Hammer
  • Tape Measure
  • Chalk Line
  • Joiners Pencil
  • Utility Knife
  • Tin Snips
  • Nail Puller
  • Speed Square
  • Framing Square
  • Levels
  • Wood Chisel (1 inch)
  • Circular Saw
  • Drill (3/8″ to 1/2″ chuck)
  • Reciprocating Saw
  • Extension Cords
  • Air Compressor
  • Nail Guns (framing and decking)
  • Air Hoses
  • Compound Miter Saw
  • Table Saw
  • Nail Gun (exterior finish nailer)
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How many hours a week does a joiner work?

As per Job OutLook, joiners work an average of 44 hours per week.

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Is a joiner in demand in Australia?

Joinery is currently on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) in Australia

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What is the different between carpentry and joinery?

The two are very similar, but there is a difference between the two. Carpenters are generally responsible for building the structure of a building, whilst a joiner would be responsible for much of the interior and finishing work.

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Can you be a joiner without a degree?

Yes, you can become a qualified joiner in Australia with a Certificate III in Joinery

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Is it hard to get a job as a joiner?

As per Job Outlook, 88% of joiners are employed full time

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How does the future of joinery industry look?

As per Job OutLook, the industry for joiners is predicted to have moderate future growth

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Is the joinery course difficult?

The Certificate III in Joinery requires students to have a completed the equivalent of Australian Year 10

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How do I get started?

If you complete this questionnaire we’ll be able to send you some detailed information on the course and explain what documents you’ll need for enrolment

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